Neville Duke Bust

May, 2020

When Neville Duke was Hawkers’ chief test pilot back in circa 1952, a young female sculptor attempting to make a name for herself asked him, as ‘a famous person’, to sit for her. Although the bust she produced was by general consensus extremely life-like, Neville thought displaying it at home would be rather pretentious and it was thus kept in either storeroom or garage where it gradually deteriorated during house moves.

Earlier this year, Neville’s widow, Gwendoline, presented the bust to the Museum and, following superb restoration by our curator, Charles Hutcheon, it is now ready to be exhibited next to Hunter WB188 in the Merston Hall.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.